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Dr Poppy Cullen

Teaching Associate in African History

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Research Interests

My research examines post-colonial imperial history and British engagement with Africa, and especially Kenya, during the final years of decolonisation and into the post-colonial period. I explore the multiple and multifaceted economic, military, personal and diplomatic networks which were sustained well beyond formal independence. 



I lecture and supervise on Part I Paper 23 'World History since 1914', and Part II Paper 29 'Africa since 1800'. 

Key Publications

Britain and Kenya after independence: Beyond neo-colonialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

‘Playing Cold War politics’: The Cold War in Anglo-Kenyan Relations in the 1960s', Cold War History (forthcoming, 2017)

'Operation Binnacle: British plans for military intervention against a 1965 coup in Kenya', The International History Review 39, 5 (2017), pp. 791-809

'Funeral Planning: British Involvement in the Funeral of President Jomo Kenyatta, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 44, 3 (2016), pp. 513-532